Doughty Street Chambers Associate Tenant Paul Harris SC elected Chair of the Hong Kong Bar Association

Doughty Street Chambers is delighted to announce that our Associate Tenant Paul Harris S.C. has been elected Chair of the Hong Kong Bar Association. Paul is a long-standing and courageous human rights champion both in Hong Kong and worldwide.

He is most well-known for a series of successful human rights cases against the Hong Kong government but has wide experience of other areas of Hong Kong law, including land, commercial disputes, employment, personal injury, injunctions (including Mareva and Anton Piller orders), and contested probate actions. He has handled a number of cases involving difficult issues of conflict of laws. Paul frequently advises UK-based clients on Hong Kong law and is the author of the third edition of “The Conflict of Laws in Hong Kong”, Sweet and Maxwell, March 2017.

Read Paul’s full profile here.

Geoffrey Roberston QC, Joint Head of Doughty Street Chambers, says:

“This is a very challenging time for the HK bar and it is appropriate that it should be led by an experienced human rights practitioner. Paul Harris is an associate member of DSC and we welcome his election to chair the Bar Association.”

Edward Fitzgerald QC, Joint Head of Doughty Street Chambers, says:

"I warmly welcome Paul's election. He is a great champion of human rights and fought many important cases in the past for the rights of the oppressed."

Kirsty Brimelow QC, Chair of the Bar Human Rights Committee (2012 – 2018), says:

“Paul Harris SC has worked tirelessly, courageously and selflessly for human rights all his career. His appointment as Chair of the Hong Kong Bar comes at a critical juncture in Hong Kong’s democracy when the rule of law needs strength. Paul Harris will provide it with a robust defence.”

Chambers would like to thank Paul for his continued work and commitment to human rights and civil liberties.